Make you must, this Baby Yoda Fridge Magnet

Baby Yoda–aka, The Child–is just to darn cute, don’t you think? The kids and I have been soaking up episodes of the Mandalorian on Disney’s new streaming service, waiting to see what the tiny Yoda-like toddler will do to get, or stay out of, trouble while tagging along with a bounty hunter.

Baby Yoda in Clay

I’m not THAT great of an artist, so I was pretty happy when Mitch helped me make a TinkerCad Yoda head cookie cutter earlier this month. We made a couple awesome Baby Yoda ornaments for our Christmas tree.

Baby Yoda Christmas Ornament made from green Model Magic and wearing a red Santa hat.

But now we’re taking it a step farther and making The Child’s whole figure. He’s holding a cup of soup–but now that I think about it, it would be cute to give him a gift wrapped box too!

flat Baby Yoda made from air dry clay

This figure is still made of Model Magic, which is a great medium for making light weight clay figures. There’s no mess, it doesn’t stick to your hands but it still sticks to itself pretty easy.

We build this little guy during a snow day, so it wasn’t worth risk to drive over to the craft store for brown air dry clay. But guess what? We had plenty of white from making Santa hats! And Model Magic clay is super easy to color with markers–while wet or dry.

I opted to color the clay while wet. After the clay is shaped there would be too many nooks and crannies a marker couldn’t reach.

Note: if you color Model Magic while wet, the color will dry to a lighter shade. I guess the clay absorbs some of the marker?

We added a magnet to the back of one Baby Yoda so he can be cute on our refrigerator. The other got a Santa Hat and joined the Christmas tree.

Directions for making a Flat Clay Baby Yoda Figure

Baby Yoda in Robes Clay Figure

Baby Yoda in Robes Clay Figure

Yield: One figure
Active Time: 30 minutes
Drying Time: 12 hours
Total Time: 12 hours 30 minutes

A Baby Yoda to make into a refrigerator magnet made with Model Magic air dry clay.

Materials

  • Crayola Model Magic: Green, Black and Brown
  • Clear Nail Polish (optional)
  • Wax Paper
  • Magnet (optional)

Tools

  • Rolling Pin
  • Scissors
  • Toothpick

Instructions

  1. Place a sheet of wax paper on your work surface.
  2. Roll the green Model Magic into a ball (about super ball size). Flatten
  3. Roll more green Model Magic into a sheet, cut two triangles for ears.
  4. Press the ears onto the back of the circle. Shape with your fingers to smooth edges.
  5. Roll two small balls of black Model Magic for the eyes. Press into the Yoda face.
  6. Roll a very small green ball for the nose and gently place on the face.
  7. Carve a smile into the face with a toothpick.
  8. Roll out a sheet of brown Model Magic. Use scissors to cut a rectangle from the clay.
  9. Fold the top edge down to form The Child's collar.
  10. Roll a ball of black Model Magic--flatten top and bottom to make into a soup bowl.
  11. Place the "bowl" in the middle of the figure.
  12. Make two balls of green Model Magic for the hands. Place on either side of the bowl.
  13. Roll a "snake" of brown Model Magic to form the arms. Cut into two pieces.
  14. Place on the figure next to the hands, press into body.
  15. Allow to dry overnight.
  16. Brush clear nail polish on the eyes for shine.
  17. Add a magnet to back if desired.

Notes

Model Magic sticks to itself extremely well. Use care when placing elements together, they are nearly impossible to separate. If creating this ornament with kids, let them make a practice smiley face first.

Press the magnet into the backside while the clay is still wet. Glue into place after it's dry.

Add a Santa Hat to make into a holiday ornament.

If don't have brown Model Magic, white Model Magic can be colored with a marker.

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